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Carson Wentz Odds: Where Will Quarterback Play Next Season?

Carson Wentz Odds

Is the Carson Wentz era over in Philadelphia? Well, that looked to be the case when Jalen Hurts replaced him as the Eagles quarterback near the end of the 2020 NFL season. However, management has apparently made it clear that the team wants to retain Wentz, who is under contract for another four years with a hefty cap hit.

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Online sportsbook Bovada has released odds on which team Wentz will play for next season, with the Eagles listed as the -130 favorite, followed by the Indianapolis Colts (+325) and the Chicago Bears (+600) as the top three options on the oddsboard.

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Where Will Carson Go?

Odds on which team Carson Wentz will play For in game 1 of the 2021 season
Philadelphia Eagles-130
Indianapolis Colts+325
Chicago Bears+600
New England Patriots+700
Denver Broncos+1000
San Francisco 49ers+1400
Detroit Lions+1800
Washington Football Team+1800
New Orleans Saints+2200
Jacksonville Jaguars+2800

Odds as of January 21 at Bovada

Eagles Hire New Head Coach

To say Carson Wentz had a down year would be a gross understatement. Wentz led all quarterbacks in interceptions (15) and was second in sacks taken (50). Those numbers look even worse when you consider Wentz played in just 12 games.

Right now the odds of Wentz remaining in Philadelphia look good at -130, but that can change very quickly. The Eagles just hired former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as their new head coach. It will be interesting to see if Sirianni and the new coaching staff he assembles give Wentz a shot.

Wentz Needs More Weapons

It was widely reported that Wentz had major problems with former coach Doug Pederson. When Pederson was let go, it opened the door for Wentz to remain in Philadelphia.

The Eagles (4-11-1 SU, 6-10 ATS) had a rough year, missing out on the playoffs, but they were also without top offensive linemen Lane Johnson and Jason Peters for most of the season. The lack of depth on the line allowed opposing defenses to put an enormous amount of pressure on Wentz.

Another area that Sirianni will have to address is the weapons around the quarterback. The Eagles played without DeSean Jackson for most of the 2020 season, Zach Ertz missed significant time and Alshon Jeffery looked completely washed up. That resulted in Wentz having to target a nondescript receiver corps that included the likes of Greg Ward, Travis Fulgham, Jalen Reagor and John Hightower.

Would Another Team Be Willing To Take On Wentz’s Massive Contract?

In 2019, the Eagles signed Wentz to a four-year extension worth $128 million that kicks off next season. He has a cap hit of $34.7 million in 2021 and if he is cut before next season, it will be up to $59 million. It would be an excruciatingly tough pill to swallow if the Eagles end up releasing him or leaving him on the bench. So if Philadelphia decides to go with Jalen Hurts as its starter, would there be any takers for Wentz? The answer is yes.

Where Would He Fit In?

The first team that jumps out at you on the oddsboard is the Indianapolis Colts (+325), who are in need of a franchise quarterback and are coached by Frank Reich. Reich was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia in 2016-17 for Wentz’s first two years in the league and ultimately helped the QB earn the contract he received based on his impressive play over those years.

Given those factors, the Colts seem like a logical landing spot for Wentz and they also have the cap space to take on his massive contract. At 28 years old, a change of scenery could be just what he needs to get his career back on track.

Best Value Pick: San Francisco 49ers

Now this might come as a bit of a shock but hear me out. Jimmy Garoppolo has been injury-prone over the last two seasons and there is no question that if the San Francisco defense is healthy, it is one of the best units in the league. Garoppolo did take the 49ers to the Super Bowl a year ago, but I think head coach Kyle Shanahan realizes they need to try another quarterback to help them take the next step.

If the 49ers were to make a trade for Wentz, it would no doubt result in Garoppolo heading to Philadelphia. While the quarterback-needy Chicago Bears might also make a trade offer for Wentz, the best value pick is the 49ers at +1400 odds.

It’s not out of the realm of possibility that there will be teams willing to take on Wentz and his contract, and the combination of him and Shanahan could be a match made in heaven for both sides.